Today is St. David’s Day, commemorating the patron saint of Wales. Now while most people know that St, Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland,and recognize St. George for killing a dragon, St. David remains less well-known. So who was he?
The man we now celebrate as St. David lived from 500-589 AD. He was the son of a Welsh prince and was born in Pembrokeshire but traveled widely as a missionary and eventually an archbishop. In addition to being the patron saint of Wales, he is the patron saint of doves. He is best remembered by many Welsh as a symbol of resistance against the Norman Conquest.
To celebrate the patron saint of Wales, might we recommend making a loaf or two of Bara Brith? This traditional fruit bread’s name means “speckled bread” and it is particularly good served with a smearing of creamy butter.
Preheat your oven to 180°C /Gas 4. Line a loaf tin with paper and pour in the mixture.Bake for 1 hour until the cake has risen and cooked through.